The Estonian mezzo soprano Helen Lepalaan studied at the Music Academy in Tallinn and at the conservatoires of Amsterdam and Maastricht in the Netherlands.
Helen Lepalaan was engaged for two seasons at Opera Zuid where her leading roles included the title roles in Carmen and Cendrillon and Rosina Il barbiere di Siviglia. Other roles with the company included Frugola Il tabarro, The Abbess Suor Angelica and La Ciesca Gianni Schicchi.
Helen Lepalaan’s performances have also included Maddalena Rigoletto at Opéra Royal de Wallonie; the title role in Carmen and Polina Pique Dame at the National Opera of Estonia.
Her repertoire also includes Olga Yevgeny Onegin, La Mère, La Tasse, La Chatte, La Libellule, L’Ecureuil, Un Pâtre L’enfant et les sortileges, Pastuchina Jenůfa, Blanche The Gambler (Prokofiev), Kate Pinkerton, Suzuki Madama Butterfly, Orlofsky Die Fledermaus, Cherubino Le nozze di Figaro, Zweite Dame Die Zauberflöte, Volpino Der Apotheker (Haydn), Clarice La pietra del paragon (Rossini), Dorabella Cosi fan tutte and the two mezzo roles in Le Martyre de Saint Sebastien (Debussy).
Helen Lepalaan made her début at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw as Carmela La Vida Breve (De Falla) with the Limburg Symphony Orchestra under Ed Spanjaard. Her recent concert engagements have included Verdi Requiem with the Brabants Orchestra in the Netherlands and Berlioz Les Nuits d’Été with the Netherlands National Youth Orchestra under Ludovic Morlot in the Amsterdam Concertgebouw and on tour. She has also performed internationally as mezzo soloist in Messiah, Pergolesi Stabat Mater, Bach St John Passion, Arvo Pärt St John Passion, Mozart Requiem and Mass in C Minor, Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis and Ninth Symphony, Rossini Petite Messe Solennelle and in cantatas by Bach, Handel and Telemann.
Helen Lepalaan’s appearances at the Festival Classique with the Residentie Orchestra under Neeme Järvi were broadcast by AVRO. She also gives regular recitals of American, French, Russian and Estonian music.
Helen Lepalaan performed Orlofsky Die Fledermaus with Welsh National Opera which led to an immediate invitation to sing Dorabella Cosi fan tutte there. She appeared as Carmen at the Heidenham Opera Festival in Germany, and sang the role of Sesto in a new production of La Clemenza di Tito at Opera North. Most recently she appeared in the title role of Giulio Cesare at The Estonian National Opera where she will sing Armida Rinaldo in the Autumn. Other future highlights include the Duruflé Requiem with the Swedish Radio Choir at the Baltic Sea Festival and Haydn’s Harmoniemesse with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra.
Sesto / La Clemenza di Tito / Opera North – February 2013
“Helen Lepalaan’s Leeds debut, as Sesto, was a revelation of concentrated coloratura and conflicted loyalties. She is an actress, too: we felt her masculine pain.”
Opera – Martin Dreyer – April 2013
“ . . . Helen Lepalaan brought fervent devotion and a sensitive attention to musical detail to much of Act II. . .”
Bachtrack / Sam Wigglesworth - February 2013
“ . . . The infatuated Sesto, interpreted here as a gloomy alienated sociopath, is smoothly and confidently sung by Helen Lepalaan . . .”
Daily Telegraph - Rupert Christiansen – February 2013
Carmen (title role) / Opera Zuid
“ . . .Carmen’ (title role) ‘Helen Lepalaan as Carmen is impressive.’ . .”
Rosina / Il barbiere di Siviglia / Opera Zuid
“ . . . Helen Lepalaan proves again her class- perfect technique and unique timbre combined with jealous-making presence. . . “
“. . .Perfekt stilsicheren Belcantostil’ . . . ‘Makellosen warmtimbrierten Mezzos‘ . . . ’eine der besten Vertreterinnen dieses Fachs’ . . ."
Cendrillon (title role) / Opera Zuid
“ . . .‘der grandiösen Mezzosopranistin Helen Lepalaan. . .”